Pokosola

 
 

Pokosola is native to the eastern coast of Australia and to New Caledonia, Nauru, and Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean. It reaches a height of 30 feet, with a trunk 8 or more inches in diameter. Branches produce white latex when cut. The leaves are up to 9 inches long and appear in groups of four along the branches. Flowers frequently open in adjacent pairs, the tube is about half an inch long and the circle of petals about 1 inch wide. Fruits are poisonous and measure up to 2.5 inches long. It flowers and produces fruits throughout the year. The generic name means pale yellow, in reference to the color of the wood. The species name refers to the elongated shape of the leaves.


The photographed tree is west of the Piñero Building and is the only member of the species in the campus.

Ochrosia elliptica (Apocynaceae)